Following their successful Oscar winning collaboration on Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle didn’t really need to think about who would compose his next film, 127 Hours. A. R. Rahmann is already one of world’s all-time top selling recording artists, selling over 100 million records, but it was his Oscar winning soundtrack for Slumdog which made him well known outside of Bollywood.
127 Hours follows Aron Ralston (James Franco), the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. The actor has been getting awards buzz for his performance, and the movie has been getting positive reviews from screenings at various festivals. Creating music for a movie which focuses mainly on one individual in a small space would be a new challenge for Rahmann, but the composer and Boyle knew how to approach it.
I wanted this to be personal in a way. It’s not a big, epic Hollywood score but really personal and intimate, and we thought guitar would be the perfect instrument for him because he’s young and he has an undying spirit and all that stuff and we went on that feeling totally.
Here’s the soundtrack tracklist:
1. Never Hear Surf Music Again – Free Blood
2. The Canyon – A.R. Rahman
3. Liberation Begins – A.R. Rahman
4. Touch of the Sun – A.R. Rahman
5. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
6. Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op. 9, No. 2 – Vladimir Ashkenazy
7. Ca Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand
8. Liberation in a Dream – A.H. Rahman
9. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) – Esther Phillips
10. Acid Darbari – A.R Rahman
11. R.I.P. – A.R. Rahman
12. Liberation – A.R Rahman
13. Festival – Sigur Rós
14. If I Rise – Dido
…and you can listen to samples below:
127 Hours was released on November 5th.